Looks like Putin is taking the opportunity to seize Crimea. Just like he did
with South Ossetia, back in 2008.
"Ukraine is primed for civil war. Russia is primed for building up its
alternative to the European Union, the anti-democratic and Moscow-dominated
Eurasian Union. Ukrainians tend to tilt west toward the EU; Ukraine's ethnic
Russians (about 17% of the population of Ukraine) tilt east toward Moscow.
Ukraine needs a lot of money in aid and loans to bail its economy out. The
EU is militarily weak and with the Obama administration now slashing U.S.
defense forces to a level not seen since the end of World War II (as many of
us warned in 2008 that he wanted to do), Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel
declaring the "end of American military dominance" as the administration
ramps up domestic entitlement spending, the West won't be in much of a
position to do anything if events lead to confrontation. Weakness (and the
perception of weakness) begets confrontation. Obama's force cuts could end
up encouraging Putin to act."
"Putin is a nationalist autocrat, and he isn't stupid. If anything, he's
opportunistic. He did not call this military exercise while the Olympics
were still going on and made no aggressive moves while the eyes of the world
were on Sochi. But he is moving now."
"Bitcoin is a virtual currency that has no intrinsic value. The only thing
giving bitcoin value is the faith that people have in it, and now that faith
has been shattered. This week, the most prominent bitcoin exchange in the
entire world, Mt. Gox, totally collapsed. At one time, Mt. Gox boasted more
than a million accounts and it accounted for approximately 25 percent of all
global bitcoin trading. But now the website has been taken down, there are
rumors of catastrophic losses, and many investors are concerned that they
will lose all of their money."
"Illicitly 'homemade' submachine guns feature very prominently in firearms
seizures by police across South America, Brazil in particular. These weapons
vary in their level of sophistication though a large number appear to be
semi-professionally produced. In a recent study of over 14,488 firearms
seized between 2011 and 2012 in Sao Paulo alone, 48% of submachine guns
analyzed were reportedly homemade. Given the decent quality of many SMG
clones, even that high statistic is probably significantly under reported. "
"Obama spoke with Afghan President Hamid Karzai by phone in the morning, and
the White House signaled that Karzai was still unlikely to sign a bilateral
security deal before he leaves office."
"The deal would give the U.S. a legal basis for keeping troops in
Afghanistan beyond 2014, although fewer than the 33,600 currently stationed
there. As many as 100,000 troops were in the country as recently as 2010."
"With Karzai soon out of power, the decision would be punted to whoever wins
this April's presidential election."
"The proposal calls for the Army to be cut to about 450,000 troops, down
from a peak of 570,000 after the Sept. 11 attacks. Troop levels were already
slated to drop to 480,000 - but now even more are on the chopping block."
"Hagel also wants to eliminate the fleet of A-10 "tank killer" aircraft,
designed in the 1970s to go after targets on the ground. Sen. Kelly Ayotte,
R-N.H., whose husband was an A-10 pilot, has already vowed to fight plans to
retire the plane."
"WASHINGTON-Inspired by the breathtaking acrobatics and death-defying high
speeds of Winter Olympics events, the nation's youth were reportedly
motivated this week to go out and try sports their parents could never
possibly afford. "Cool, I can't wait to hit the slopes and do that," said
15-year-old Davenport, IA resident Eric Wallace, echoing the sentiment of
young people across the country whose families can't pay for the highly
specialized equipment and clothing, beginner instructions at expensive
training facilities, participation fees, extensive travel, lift tickets, or
inevitable medical bills. "It's going to be amazing when I'm flying across
the snow and flipping around in the air like Shaun White." Though concerned
about shelling out at least $3,000 before their children ever step foot on
snow or ice, the nation's parents were reportedly excited about the money
they would inevitably save when American youths immediately quit the sports
after complaining they were too difficult."
"The Smart System iP1, a .22-caliber pistol made by the German gun-maker
Armatix GmbH, can only function with an accompanying wristwatch, which is
sold separately, according to an article by Michael Rosenwald of The
"Never trust a woman, a district attorney or an automatic pistol."
"Mount Everest has been climbed by more than 4,000 people since the historic
ascent in 1953 by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa."
"Many climbers have died on Mount Everest since 1921 and over 200 of them
are still on the mountain. Some are buried in crevasses. Some fell down
remote parts of the mountain. Some are buried in snow and ice. Some lie in
the open. And some sit beside the popular routes up Everest. There is no
firm count of the exact number of climbers that have died on Mount Everest,
but as of 2012 it is about 235 people."
"Most bodies still remain on the mountain even in cases of easy recovery."
"The annual death rate is remarkably unchanged over the history of climbing
on Mount Everest. One death occurs for every ten successful ascents--a
significant number of climbers who reach the summit die on their descent.
Most climbers who die on Everest are generally physically fit and in the
prime of their life between the ages of 30 and 50."
"It seems obvious now that this was not an empty threat, but a sincere
promise of things that must be in Maryland insisted upon infringing upon the
constitutional rights if its citizens."
"Maryland's anti-gun Democrat-dominated Legislature and Governor Martin
O'Malley have cost the state another 300+ jobs, on top of the 300 jobs they
lost to Tennessee when Beretta fulfilled its promise to move a planned
expansion of its facilities out of state because of the same short-sighted
“It could be that the Ukrainian defense minister doesn't want to know what the US thinks.”“Or, it could be that he doesn't care. Either way, it's a pretty shocking admission about US irrelevancy during a major crisis.”
"5. Walker is the most harassed, targeted public official in modern American
"In political conflicts, the goal is not to refute your opponent's argument,
but to wipe him from the face of the earth."
"China is the North's key ally and protector, providing badly-needed trade
and aid for fear that a collapse of the regime could unleash chaos across
the border and allow the United States to bolster its presence in Asia."
"Yet Pyongyang routinely defies Beijing's calls for calm, restraint and
denuclearisation, pushing ahead with nuclear weapons tests and issuing
apocalyptic threats against the US and South Korea."
"There was much fail in Michael Dunn's actions. The innocence he claimed
was nowhere near as clear as Zimmerman's, based on his statements at the
scene, and the totality of the evidence. The cases don't really belong in
the same discussion, and neither has a damn thing to do with Florida's Stand
Your Ground law. Dunn emerges as, at best, a bad example of stupid behavior
whose only positive legacy will be learning points for more responsible
armed citizens. Zimmerman remains a whipping boy for the willful ignorance
of those who prefer superficial sensationalism to research into the actual
principles of law and justice."
"Earlier on Saturday, the judge said questions posed by the 12-member jury
indicated they thought Dunn was initially justified in firing the first
seven bullets to defend himself from Davis, but then went too far by
continuing to pull the trigger as the fleeing teens drove off.
"The judge speculated that jurors felt Dunn overstepped the limits of
self-defense law by shooting a final volley of three bullets after he got
out of his car, when the teens no longer represented any kind of threat."
"They may say justifiable use of deadly force was in play to (a) certain
point and then it went away. There was no justification for those last set
of shots," the judge said."
"You may only legally shoot to stop the threat. Anything beyond that, and
you face going to prison for many years to come, as Micheal Dunn has now
discovered the hard way. Those of you who insist on "shooting to kill" at
all costs once the shooting starts because some non-attorney shared their
incorrect "conventional wisdom" are going to be very popular on the prison
Really what the Authorities mean when they say you may not use "excessive
force" is that you are not allowed to "punish" an assailant for attacking
you. You are only allowed to use the force necessary to stop the attack
again you. Once an assailant has ceased attacking you or ceased posing a
credible threat to you, you have to stop using force too. You may not chase
after the perpetrator to "teach him a lesson".
"Note: The media and their citizens control allies are attempting to make
the same claims about "stand your ground" laws in this case as they did in
the Zimmerman trial. That claim was patently false in both trials. Neither
Zimmerman nor Dunn raised "stand your ground" defenses."
"For those not up-to-date on the PC lexicon, "micro-aggression" is the
latest phrase of choice for leftist radicals seeking to blame racism for
common annoyances suffered by people of all races. Minority activists at the
University of Michigan, for example, have insisted that trivial slights,
such as "Having your opinion second-guessed in a group assignment," are
micro-aggressions that betray the campus as a hostile place for students of
"Iran, in particular, is one of the Muslim nations that forcefully cracks
down on those who celebrate Valentine's Day. While the actual celebration of
Valentine's Day is not officially illegal in Iran as it is in Saudi Arabia,
Iranian hardliners have certainly gone out of their way to make it difficult
for Iranian citizens to express their romantic feelings out in the open in
general and on Valentine's in particular. Of course, Iran's Valentine's
Day-related bans are cloaked in the language of morality, but the crackdowns
are just one additional way for the authoritarian regime to demonstrate its
power over the citizens and suppress behavior that the Free World would
“Not only has he delivered the goods but (this is the best bit) Walker now wants to give those goods back to the voters in the form of a tax break. So the message to America, and the rest of the world, is this: get spending under control, cut business taxes, create a welfare system that encourages people to seek work and you will balance the budget, reduce unemployment and be able to let people keep more of their money. It turns out that conservative economics, applied with determination and care, can work.”
“A sniper attack in April 2013 that disabled several transformers at a substation near San Jose, CA was “the most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the grid that has ever occurred,” according to officials, and may have been a rehearsal for a broader wave of attacks designed to plunge the entire country into darkness, according to a report published Tuesday evening on the Wall Street Journal’s website by Rebecca Smith.”
"We're not gay! We're not gay! Not that there's anything wrong with
that...but we're not gay!"
"Documents from an Ohio National Guard (ONG) training drill conducted last
January reveal the details of a mock disaster where Second Amendment
supporters with "anti-government" opinions were portrayed as domestic
"Marine Corps Times first casualty in headquarters' war to 'professionalize'
"Independent newspaper does not conform to new Marine Corps message, brass
"Even if you don't believe in "occult rituals" or "Illuminati symbolism", it
is important to remember that the elite do. In fact, many of them are
completely obsessed with this stuff. And they are more than happy to
promote any performer that embraces their world. That is why we see this
stuff pop up in high profile public performances time after time after
“All in that gigantic fighting machine agree in the selection of that one truly heroic figure in the war. He is G.I. Joe...He and his platoon leaders have given us an example of loyalty, devotion to duty, and indomitable courage that will live in our hearts as long as we admire those qualities in men.”
"From the images in the video, you'd think they were looking for an escaped
murderer or a house full of hit men. No, none of that. They were looking for
a few people suspected of credit card fraud. None of the people they were
looking for were inside of the house, nor was any of the stolen property
they were looking for. They did arrest two houseguests of the family on what
the news report says were unrelated charges, one for a probation violation
and one for possession of illegal drugs."
"A couple other points about this story. First, note that the police say
they knocked and announced themselves before the raid. The knock and
announce requirement has a long history in U.S. and English common law. Its
purpose was to give the occupants of a home the opportunity to avoid
property damage and unnecessary violence by giving them time to come to the
door and let the police in peacefully. As you can see from the video, the
knock and announce today is largely a formality. The original purpose is
gone. From the perspective of the people inside, there's really no
difference between this sort of "knock and announce" and a no-knock raid.
(The covering of the officers' faces is also troubling, though also not
"Historically, the other purpose of the knock-and-announce requirement is to
avoid the inevitable tragedy that can result if homeowners mistake raiding
police for criminal intruders. As the requirement has been eroded, allegedly
to protect the safety of police officers, we've seen plenty of tragedy - and
many of those tragedies have been the deaths of police officers. There was
another one just last December. And it almost happened here:"
"Prince's son, Justin Ross, was in the bathroom when police burst in, and he
was carrying a gun that he has the legal right to carry. "I stood up, I drew
my weapon, I started to get myself together to get out the door, I heard
someone in the main room say police. I re-holstered my weapon sat back down
and put my hands in my lap," Ross recalls."
"Ross says he didn't hear the police announcement until after one officer
had already attempted to kick in the door. Had that officer been successful,
there's a good chance that Ross, the police officer, or both would be dead.
The police department would then have inevitably argued that Ross should
have known that they were law enforcement. But you can't simultaneously
argue that these violent, volatile tactics are necessary to take suspects by
surprise and that the same suspects you're taking by surprise should have
known all along that they were being raided by police. Well you can, and
police do, and judges and prosecutors usually support them. But the
arguments don't logically coexist."
"With two devaluations of the bolivar currency this year and a third looming
in the horizon, the battered economy of Venezuela is starting to put the
president of the Republic against the wall. Some have nothing to sell;
others simply don't have anything to buy. Indeed, the worst of both worlds."
"U.S. intelligence agencies last week urged the Obama administration to
check its new healthcare network for malicious software after learning that
developers linked to the Belarus government helped produce the website,
raising fresh concerns that private data posted by millions of Americans
will be compromised."
"The intelligence agencies notified the Department of Health and Human
Services, the agency in charge of the Healthcare.gov network, about their
concerns last week. Specifically, officials warned that programmers in
Belarus, a former Soviet republic closely allied with Russia, were suspected
of inserting malicious code that could be used for cyber attacks, according
to U.S. officials familiar with the concerns."
TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) - One of Governor Chris Christie's bodyguards has
suspended without pay from the New Jersey State Police, charged with
shoplifting in Berks County, Pa.
A state police spokesman says that William Carvounis, 35, was assigned to
the executive protection unit and had been on Christie's security detail.
But police in Tilden Township, Pa. - north of Reading and west of Allentown
- say last month the trooper stole nearly $300 in gun supplies and other
merchandise from a Cabela's sporting goods store.
According to the complaint, "During the course of his shopping, (Carvounis)
would place items in his shopping basket. While walking around and
continuing to shop, he would take various merchandise out of the package and
conceal in his pockets.He would discard the empty packages on shelves
throughout the store."
Security video also caught Carvounis tearing the price tag from a Cabela's
hat, which he wore while trying to leave the store.
When caught, police say, Carvounis invoked his position, asking again and
again for a little professional courtesy - to let him off so he wouldn't
lose his job.
Now that job is in jeopardy as he faces retail theft charges.
A lawyer for Carvounis says his client neither shoplifted nor asked for
"Marijuana is considered an illegal drug by the federal government, and laws
such as the Bank Secrecy Act carry severe penalties for banks. Last week,
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the feds will soon issue regulations
opening banking services to state-sanctioned marijuana businesses."
"Tyranny in democratic republics does not proceed in the same way, however.
It ignores the body and goes straight for the soul. The master no longer
says: You will think as I do or die. He says: You are free not to think as I
do. You may keep your life, your property, and everything else. But from
this day forth you shall be as a stranger among us. You will retain your
civic privileges, but they will be of no use to you. For if you seek the
votes of your fellow citizens, they will withhold them, and if you seek only
their esteem, they will feign to refuse even that. You will remain among
men, but you will forfeit your rights to humanity. When you approach your
fellow creatures, they will shun you as one who is impure. And even those
who believe in your innocence will abandon you, lest they, too, be shunned
in turn. Go in peace, I will not take your life, but the life I leave you
with is worse than death." - Alexis de Tocqueville
"In political conflicts, the goal is not to refute your opponent's argument,
but to wipe him from the face of the earth." - Lenin
"In other words, it's okay for a couple of hack politicians to peddle
anti-Second Amendment nonsense, but the NFL is barring a company from airing
an ad designed to sell a legal product."
"For what it's worth, I don't agree with everything in the video. It's wrong
for the NFL to block the ad, but that doesn't mean it's censorship or a
violation of the First Amendment. That occurs when government is prohibiting
a voice from being heard. When a private entity does it, it's just
empty-headed political correctness."